We’ve known for months that Google has been working to make its messaging app been working to make its messaging application correctly to exhibit emoji reactions sent by iPhone users. Now Google is making the attribute obtainable to all as part of a host of new and updated attributes for its messages app that is rolling out over the coming weeks.
The beta already gave us a pretty good idea of how Google messages translate emoji reactions sent by ios users properly formatting them on android instead of appearing as a puzzling text message that arrived separately. Despite Google’s admission of defeat it still says it wants Apple to join the rest of the mobile industry and adopt RCS for a better long-term solution.
Google is also building Google photos sharing links directly into messages to offer users a way of sending photos and videos to non-RCS users to avoid image quality degradation. Google messages will also now nudge you to respond to a message if it’s been sitting in your inbox for a while as well as prompting you to wish someone a happy birthday if you’ve got the date in your contact app. Oh, and links to youtube videos shared in messages will now exhibit a preview for ios users as well which is nice.
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Finally, a pair of message attributes Google first debuted in India last year are getting a global release. The most interesting of these is a choice to automatically delete one-time passcodes after 24 hours to avoid your inbox getting muddled with useless six-digit codes. There’s also the latest choice to have Google software automatically sort your messages and let you filter them by personal and business.